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Mistakes from the 100 worst movies of all time

  • #20. Dragonball Evolution (2009)

    - Director: James Wong
    - IMDb user rating: 2.5
    - Metascore: 45
    - Runtime: 85 min

    This live-action adaptation of the Japanese manga series stars Chow-Yun Fat as a wise mentor to the character Goku who needs to save Earth. One action sequence, when characters race along a rural road, uses the rear-screen projection of a natural landscape when the scene is clearly shot in a studio. The film was so reviled by fans that the screenwriter issued an apology.

  • #19. Battlefield Earth (2000)

    - Director: Roger Christian
    - IMDb user rating: 2.5
    - Metascore: 9
    - Runtime: 118 min

    The astoundingly awful “Battlefield Earth” stars both John Travolta and Forest Whitaker as “Psychlos,” creatures with enormous manes, nose accouterments, and conspicuously bulky fingers with talon-like nails. Widely panned for stylistic and narrative ineptitude, one of the film’s most conspicuous gaffes concerns the Psychlo’s hands: some have six fingers, others five, and the same character's hands often seem to switch the number of digits from scene to scene.

  • #18. Alone in the Dark (2005)

    - Director: Uwe Boll
    - IMDb user rating: 2.4
    - Metascore: 9
    - Runtime: 96 min

    “Alone in the Dark” begins with a long, scrolling prologue read aloud by a narrator. Such prologues usually aren’t read aloud and convey orienting information. Instead, this one mentions disjointed elements about an ancient tribe who open a portal, the creatures from the portal who are in the dark, a government facility that shut down, as well as a different facility in a gold mine where a scientist creates “sleepers,” orphan kids or “lost souls.” In an early scene, Christian Slater, as a paranormal investigator, returns to his childhood orphanage, an outdoor location seen in long shot. At the film’s end, he escapes out a cement storm door on that orphanage’s front lawn that wasn’t there in the earlier shots.

  • #17. Epic Movie (2007)

    - Directors: Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer
    - IMDb user rating: 2.4
    - Metascore: 17
    - Runtime: 86 min

    “Epic Movie” is yet another witless parody film from the same team behind “Disaster Movie” and “Date Movie.” This one brings spoofs of Willy Wonka, Narnia, the Harry Potterverse, and other pop films and moments that aren’t technically epic. The low point comes with the “Snakes on a Plane” bit featuring a Samuel L. Jackson impersonator who crashes and burns.

  • #16. Hobgoblins (1988)

    - Director: Rick Sloane
    - IMDb user rating: 2.3
    - Metascore: data not available
    - Runtime: 88 min

    The famously horrible rip-off of “Gremlins” actually got its own straight-to-video sequel thanks to its resurrection from obscurity by “Mystery Science Theater 3000.” In a scene where the creatures drive a golf cart, unmoving, stuffed hobgoblins sit motionless while the vehicle rocks and a fan blows their fur from offscreen.

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  • #15. Glitter (2001)

    - Director: Vondie Curtis-Hall
    - IMDb user rating: 2.3
    - Metascore: 14
    - Runtime: 104 min

    Mariah Carey took home the Worst Actress Razzie Award for her role as Billie in “Glitter,” a film about a back-up-singer-turned superstar set in the 1980s. Despite the period setting, much of “Glitter” resembles the turn of the millennium in terms of costume and location. The film also features several continuity gaffes including one where Billie’s handbag switches shoulders in a dramatic scene where she slaps her boyfriend.

  • #14. Who's Your Caddy? (2007)

    - Director: Don Michael Paul
    - IMDb user rating: 2.2
    - Metascore: 18
    - Runtime: 93 min

    Big Boi a.k.a. Antwan André Patton stars in a comedy where he sports the kind of dapper golf wear usually seen on his OutKast partner André 3000. He plays a rapper determined to gain membership to a pretentious golf club populated with snotty white people. The New York Times' review of the film points out a problem with that narrative thread—as a graduate of Dartmouth, the rapper would have more experience with elite white institutions than is evident.

  • #13. Son of the Mask (2005)

    - Director: Lawrence Guterman
    - IMDb user rating: 2.2
    - Metascore: 20
    - Runtime: 94 min

    Alan Cumming plays Loki in this sequel to the Jim Carrey hit “The Mask,” about a new father and his mask-empowered baby. In one sequence, a menacing Loki throws a giant grenade at the father-son duo. The baby creates a shield and all are unscathed, including Loki. In the next shot, Loki’s hair and costume are mussed as if from the blast.

  • #12. The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure (2012)

    - Director: Matthew Diamond
    - IMDb user rating: 2.1
    - Metascore: 32
    - Runtime: 88 min

    This grating children’s film was conceived as an “ interactive theater experience for parents and children” but instead became one of the biggest box office flops of all time, grossing only $1 million after opening wide on 2,100 screens. Conceived as a “Teletubbies”-style kid’s romp, the film had a $20 million budget but still looks cheap while inexplicably featuring Cary Elwes, Toni Braxton, Jaime Pressly, and Chazz Palminteri. In Toni Braxton’s scene, a riff on “Dreamgirls,” she sings, “when you’re sick in bed with a nasty flu,” and despite seeming allergic to roses the set is bedecked with them.

  • #11. From Justin to Kelly (2003)

    - Director: Robert Iscove
    - IMDb user rating: 2.1
    - Metascore: 14
    - Runtime: 81 min

    Starring the winner and the runner-up from the first season of “American Idol,” “From Justin to Kelly” follows a formula that comes across cold and flat despite its beach setting and teeny-bopper frenzy. One glaring mistake occurs when Kelly orders a burger from a food truck, takes the dish, and walks away without paying. The moment stands out as awkward to any audience members who are still paying attention.

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